In 1992 The Doctor encounters an 8 year old boy named Grant (Logan Hoffman) while installing a device on a roof to help repair damaged that was caused when he last visited New York City. During this encounter The Doctor gives Grant a wish granting gemstone to hold which is used to power the device. Grant mistaking the stone as a cure to his cold swallows the stone. The stone gives Grant his wish of having super hero powers.
Returning to New York 24 years later The Doctor investigates the research company Harmony Shoals while doing so he encounters Lucy Fletcher (Charity Wakefield) who is an investigative journalist also looking into the company. Grant ( Justin Chatwin) is now serving as Lucy’s nanny and helping to look after her baby girl while leading a double life as the super hero known as The Ghost.
Together they all try to unravel the mystery of Harmony Shoals and what they are truly doing
Doctor Who Christmas specials I tend to find can be a bit of a hit and miss thing. For example last year’s entry The Husbands of River Song I thought was a great special (review for that can be found here https://downundergeek.wordpress.com/2015/12/28/doctor-who-the-husbands-of-river-song/) While on other occasions they can be not as strong. This entry to the list of Christmas specials fall about in the middle of the road.
The acting on the whole was reasonably solid throughout the episode with Justin Chatwin, Charity Wakefield putting in good supporting roles. Peter Capaldi had some great moments and some good comedy to the episode. The main setback for the cast was Nardole (Matt Lucas), while his performance was good I felt the character did not fit in with the story that well and did not really contribute much to it.
The main down point for me is it felt very similar to other things Moffat had done before and was not really breaking into any new territory . While it was not a bad episode it does show the tiredness of his time as show runner. Hopefully the coming change for series 11 will bring a breath of fresh air into the show.
Having said that though I did enjoy how this special tied nicely into the previous one referencing the 24 years spent with River Song which was a nice way to tie up that story and also the fact we have not had any Doctor Who in 2016.
While not the strongest Christmas special it is not the worst. I would say it sits somewhere in the middle.
Season 2 of Supergirl kickes off right where season 1 finished with Martian Manhunter and Supergirl investigating an object that crashed to earth. As Kara continues to work out what job she wants to do her date with James Olsen is interrupted by an emergency with the maiden flight of The Venture. With the help of Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) they save the ship and all hands.
Supergirl brings her cousin to the DEO where clearly something between Hank and the man of steel is not quite right. Regardless Superman assists in the investigation with the events on The Venture. Investigations lead them to Lena Luthor (sister of Lex) who claims she is trying to rebrand her family’s business. As things unfold and with the possibility of a third kryptonian on earth season 2 is off to an interesting start.
Season 2 of Supergirl is off to quite a strong start. We see the continued development of Supergirl/Kara and we see some interesting changes with some of the other characters as we come into the new season.
The inclusion of Superman/Clark Kent played by Tyler Hoechlin was done quite well I did not feel he overshadowed the show and complimented it rather nicely. Tyler being cast in the role was a nice move he fitted the bill quite well. Plus this version of Superman saved more people in 5 minutes in this episode than the movie version from Man of Steel saved in an entire movie.
Sometimes it is said that the start of a second season of a tv show is more critical than the pilot episode because sometimes it is the second season that can make or break a show. So far Supergirl season 2 is off to a reasonable start which hopefully it can carry throughout the season.
Supergirl learns that with her great power comes great responsibility and she has to learn to keep her emotions in check. Cat Grant receives a visit from her mother. Sam Lane shows up with a new android which is very powerful. It takes all of Supergirl’s efforts to stop it when it goes wrong. Meanwhile Kara & Alex continue to look into their father Jeremiah’s fate and they find out who the last person him alive was. In the end a small accident leaves us with a nice little cliff hanger.
Supergirl returns to good form with this instalment after a slightly less than impressive performance with the previous episode. The series seems to work best when stories about family are involved.
Here we see Cat’s mum come onto the scene, also Lucy Lane’s dad & Kara & Alex continue to dig into the mystery of the fate of Jeramiah Danvers. Clearly with all this family related content this episode shines. Add to it an awesome fight against an android and this episode was always going to be a winner. Melissa Benoist gives a really strong performance in this entry.
One of the strongest entries of the season so far it continues to build things up for the coming episodes.
It’s the season for Superhero crossover both on the movie screen and in our living rooms with the recently released Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice in cinema and the much anticipated Supergirl & Flash episode in season 1 of Superegirl World’s Finest on our tv streams.
This post does not serve as a review for either of the above, they will be separate posts later on. This post is about our greatest heroes meeting and the awesomeness that creates.
It’s always great to sit down and watch a movie or tv series featuring our favourite superhero whether it is the 1977 Christopher Reeve Superman, the 1989 Tim Burton Batman film, the 1990’s tv cartoon of the X-Men or the currently running CBS series Supergirl. These movies and shows allow us to escape to another world and allow our favourite heroes to entertain us in a world setting which is not far removed from the one we live in.
Crossovers in comics have been happening for years so of course it stands to reason as most of our Superheros find their origin in comic books that when these heroes make their transition to our screens that there will be crossovers there too.
When two (or more) of these titans meeting in a crossover on the tv or the big screen then the awesomeness of what we are watch increases greatly. We know that when our heroes crossover that the adventure and excitement will go up hugely. I guess this is one of the main reason why movie crossovers do especially well at the box office.
It would be interesting to see crossovers across the different universes of Marvel & DC but I highly doubt this would happen due to franchise competition.
So with that in mind which Crossovers would you like to see both in the Marvel & DC universes. Also if franchise was no boundary which Marvel/DC crossovers would you like to see?